1. Season Dates:

(a) gray squirrels may be hunted in Wildlife Management Zones 01 through 09 from the second Monday in September to the following January 2;

(b) gray squirrels may be hunted in Wildlife Management Zones 10 through 14 from the first Saturday after Columbus Day to the following January 2;

(c) hunting of gray squirrels is CLOSED statewide during the 2-week "shotgun" deer season.

2. Falconry: Licensed falconers holding a hunting or sporting license may hunt gray squirrel by means of a falcon or other raptor:

(a) in Wildlife Management Zones 10 through 14 from the first Saturday after Columbus Day to the following March 15;

(b) in Wildlife Management Zones 01 through 09 from the second Monday in September to the following March 15.

3. Hunting Horus: Hunting hours for gray squirrel begin at ½ hour before sunrise and end at ½ hour after sunset, except on wildlife management areas stocked with pheasant or quail where the hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

4. Bag Limits: the bag limit for gray squirrels is 5 daily and the possession limit is 10.

5. Licenses: Resident Massachusetts hunters require either a resident hunting or sporting license. Non-resident hunters require either a non-resident small game license or a non-resident big game license (a big game license includes small game also). No special permit is required.

6. Hunting Implements: Gray squirrels may be hunted with rifle, shotgun (shot not larger than #1), handgun, or archery except:

(a) in Wildlife Management Zones 10 through 14, gray squirrels may be hunted only by shotgun or by archery;

(b) on wildlife management areas stocked with pheasant or quail, during the pheasant or quail season, gray squirrels may be hunted only by shotgun or by archery.

8. Prohibited: Gray squirrels may not be taken by means of a trap or a net, nor shall a person set a trap or a net for taking gray squirrels, except as provided in M.G.L. c. 131, §§ 4 and 37.

This is not the entire law, and is subject to change. Refer to the Gray Squirrel Hunting regulations in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, 321 CMR 3.02(7) and to several provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131.

Last Revised: 12-31-04.